“O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night” Nehemiah 1:5-6a
Today’s verse comes from my heart as I desire to be a woman of prayer. Nehemiah shows us that our first order of business in prayer is to honor and worship God. He reminds us that the God he is praying to is awesome, great, in control of all the heavens, and a promise keeper. Knowing who God is and what He is capable of doing makes any request seem possible because of God’s infinite power and Holy character. Nehemiah also reminds us of God’s requirements that include worshiping Him in love and obedience. Jesus told us in Matthew 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus spoke of obedience and commitment. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing then in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Then Nehemiah begs or pleads with God to hear his prayer and see his circumstances . John reminds us in 1 John5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” Nehemiah also knows the importance of praying continually. Paul reminds us to “pray continually” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and of the early Christians habit of praying continually for one another.
Nehemiah’s prayer challenges me to approach God knowing He is capable of doing all things, is Sovereign and full of mercy and compassion. Believe! He promises to hear my prayers and wants me to be diligent in prayer seeking to align my will with His. Perseverance! As I pray I need to align my walk with His word and seek to please Him. Obedience! Quite a challenge. What about you? What part of Nehemiah’s prayer speaks to you? Are you challenged to pray for often, pray with greater faith and pray moving forward in obedience?
Seeking to know Him and please Him,
I thought Nehemiah would agree with this quote. How about you?